How Tree Roots Damage Your Plumbing

How Tree Roots Damage Your Plumbing

When you were little, you may have dreamed of owning a home with plenty of trees for your kids to climb, to shade your home, and to add beauty and a feeling of home-sweet-home. What you didn’t expect was that those trees could cause some major damage to your property, including one part you never want to deal with—the sewer lines.

How Tree Roots Damage Sewer Lines

Tree roots grow towards any source of water and fertilization. The sewer lines, then, are the perfect target. This is especially true if your sewer lines are very old, and parts of the piping are worn down or beginning to corrode away.

The roots will grow toward the sewer lines and wrap around them until they actually penetrate the piping. Once this happens, sewage could leak onto your property. Most likely, you’ll be dealing with major drain clogs that affect the whole home.

Sewer Line Repair

Schedule sewer line repair with a company that has the right tools for the job. First, the roots should be removed from the pipes, either via hydro jetting or a similar non-invasive method. Trenchless sewer repair allows for the pipes to be sealed up without having to dig up a large trench in your property. Then, your plumber may help you to take preventative measures.

Tree Root Damage Prevention

Taking preventative measures helps to keep you from having to deal with a major hassle later on. Certain trees and shrubs are actually safer than others, particularly smaller ones. Learn where the pipes are on your property and plant larger trees further away from the sewer line. You can also install wood or metal barriers that prevent roots from reaching the pipes in the first place. There are also chemicals you can use in the drainpipes if it comes down to it.

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